What We’re Reading: More Ferry Trips, Big Payoff, and Off-Road

An empty Juneau in summer amidst the pandemic.
An empty Juneau in summer amidst the pandemic.

More ferry trips: Washington State Ferries is restoring service to pre-pandemic levels on some ferry routes.

Heroes: Some postal workers in Washington are defying orders and restoring sorting machines to operational use.

Altering ecosystems: According to researchers at the University of Washington, racism and redlining has also hurt wildlife.

Conflicting choices: In California’s Colorado Desert, there is a struggle over renewable energy and endangered desert species and lands ($).

Revolving door: A historic property in Flushing, New York City has been mired in development proposal failures for more than 30 years and the latest may finally move ahead.

Go green: David Roberts from Vox explains how much worse pollution is than we thought and how ditching fossil fuels could be an economic boon.

Re-closures: What impacts are re-closures on businesses having on real estate?

Big payoff: A new study suggests that increasing e-bike adoption by 15% could reduce carbon emissions by 12% in Portland.

Active commutes: Many more government workers and planners hope to use an active transportation commute when things return to normal, according to a new report.

Polluter-in-Chief: The Trump administration has finalized a plan to auction off rights to drill within the heart of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ($).

Busway delays: New York City is struggling to launch new busways due to local opposition.

Apartment construction slowdown?: In Denver, apartment construction was already slowing down in 2020 without the pandemic and is expected to drop by half; other major cities are slowdowns, too.

Missing middle: A large urban county in Virginia, Arlington, is researching the scope of existing missing middle housing in the county and its racial implications.

Off-road: Oregon’s state transportation department has a new grant program for off-road pedestrian and bike infrastructure.

Investors’ market: In Vancouver, British Columbia, major investors are going all in on the rental market, a trend occurring elsewhere in Canada.

Hard right turn: Angie Schmitt documents when America’s transportation department abandoned people who walk.

County assistance: King County is providing $41 million for rental assistance to stop evictions.

Essential workers: Data shows that nearly two-thirds of women are essential workers ($) in Puget Sound.

ACUs: Strong Towns highlights how “accessory commercial units” could benefit local neighborhoods with better access to small businesses.

Safe restart: The Seattle Public Library is reopening in a limited fashion for patrons.

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Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for promoting sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He advocates for smart policies, regulations, and implementation programs that enhance urban environments by committing to quality design, accommodating growth, providing a diversity of housing choices, and adequately providing public services. Stephen primarily writes about land use and transportation issues.